"Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful . . ."
Whether you'd join along and sing, "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow", or not, we can all agree the white that blankets the brown earth is beautiful. I do admit though, it's lovely from the inside looking out and know that for those who must be out on the roads in this kind of weather, they may have a different story. This snow day is a great time to share some updates.
While zoom was a better-than-nothing option for our 2020 Spring Recital, I'm anticipating this spring to make available to us an in-person gathering where we will be able to reconvene for a more typical recital. Can I get a "Hallelujah!"? Please save Thursday, April 29, 2021, as our meeting date.
For those of you who've been around for the past few years, you already know the spring recital can get long, with varying opinions & comfort levels about "what is too long?" Now with more students being added (folks, Forte is serving about 50 students now!), this year will be the first year that we'll split our performance times and have sign-ups for the time that will work best for your family. More information will follow about that!
Also, if you are a Wednesday or Thursday student, I will not be teaching February 24 or 25. Our daughter will be marrying that Saturday and those days will be spent in a flurry of wedding activities!
Remember, regardless of the day that you come, each student is given the opportunity for 40 lessons in the year. Most happen during the school year but several lessons or comparable activities occur over the summer as well.
We will meet in teams (or groups) the week of March 15. I will communicate further about this in the coming weeks. Please be on the look-out. This will take the place of your regular lessons. Each student will have the opportunity to perform for others as well as participate in music activities. We meet for 75 minutes and students are divided by both ages & levels. I know this shift can wreak havoc on your already crowded schedule but I'll try to make it work for you since it's worthwhile for the students and offers some constructive fun.
As twelfth graders, Kaylisa & Izzy have been working extra hard as they have a shared senior recital coming March 26. They will be presenting a Chopin prelude, one of Mendelssohn's Songs without Words, parts of a Clementi & Haydn sonatina, a Reger duet & the Narnia movie theme. It's many hours of practice that will combine for a wonderful Friday evening together. If you'd like to attend, please check in with me for more details.
My policy states that we will take a week off for a spring break but it's more likely that we'll take the week off after the spring recital. I'll communicate more about that later.
My brain is beginning to think about summer schedules and ideas for summer day camps. If you have an idea that you'd like to pursue, let me know. Believe it or not, now is when a lot of that work is accomplished!